News

Inspiration led to online store

WHEN you think of successful business people, you may have an image of the grey-haired alpha male.

Perhaps you automatically think of Kerry Packer’s ultra-masculine polo outfit or Donald Trump’s defiantly unfashionable comb-over hairstyle.

Meet Rebecca Strachan, 18-years-old, a Gladstone girl and packed with fresh ideas.

Ms Strachan is ready to make her mark in the world of business.

Last Saturday, Ms Strachan launched her online clothing store, Water for Camels, with a party at the Boyne Tannum Community House.

She had been studying education at university when she decided she needed a year off to make some cash, so she started working as a personal assistant for Elize Hattin, a business executive and life coach.

“Watching her coach other people, I started to get really interested in business,” Ms Strachan said.

“And then I said, ‘Will you please take me on as one of your clients’.”

Ms Hattin agreed and each week she put Ms Strachan through a two-hour business training session.

“Every week we would make up a business that would be my business for that session,” she said.

“And every time I created a business, it always had something to do with fashion or clothing, whether I was a personal stylist or I opened a store, it was always something along those lines.

“So one day I was receiving the coaching and I said ‘I am going to have an online store and it’s going to have free shipping and it’s going to have beautiful clothes and it’s going to sell confidence to the girls of this generation’.

“And (Ms Hattin) said, ‘That’s amazing. Why don’t you do that?’”

Inspired by stories of other Australian business women, she did her homework and came up with a plan to sell not only clothes online.

The rest is history, as this once-hesitant business girl moves onwards and upwards, all the while sticking with her business motto of selling “a little piece of confidence for every woman.”

A career in education has been replaced by a new dream and she is returning to university next year to study business.

Visit http://www.waterforcamels.com, or check the Water for Camels Facebook page.

Topics:  better business




The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

Eight free events to check out in Gladstone this weekend

An aerial shot of Agnes Water main beach. Photo Contributed

You don't have to spend a fortune to have a good weekend.

Latest deals and offers

Kirk Douglas is defiant, fierce and still standing

VETERAN ACTOR: Kirk Douglas has had a long and varied career.

Kirk Douglas has out-lived almost all his contemporaries

The Hard Word reviews Kyzer Soze

Kyzer Soze are playing Brisbane tomorrow at the Crowbar in Fortitude Valley. Photo Contributed

Kyzer Soze summon the evil for this mighty slab of death metal

Britney Spears 'almost drowned' in Hawaii

Britney Spears has revealed she 'almost drowned' while on holiday

Doco reveals real story behind Black Hawk Down

Former Black Hawk pilot Mike Durant shares his story, which helped to inspire the movie Black Hawk Down, in the TV series No Man Left Behind.

FORMER pilot recounts ordeal which inspired a Hollywood movie.

What's on the big screen this week

Toby Kebbell and Jack Huston in a scene from the movie Ben-Hur.

AN OLD classic returns to the big screen with a new young star.

Bachelor Richie gives bacon-loving Noni the boot

Noni Janur features on this season of The Bachelor.

TOOWOOMBA swimwear designer still single but focusing on her career.

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Gladstone landlords in trouble with Bechtel job losses

"If a big project was announced tomorrow I wouldn't want to see it"

Coast building approvals at seven-year high: report

The the 2015/16 Development Indicators Annual Highlights Report documents local development activity that took place during the last financial year.

New report shows increasing development on the Sunshine Coast

Top honours for Mackay and Whitsunday builders

The Kerrisdale Gardens property from Paynter Dixon Queensland which won them Project of the Year.

Mackay and Whitsunday builders awarded top honours last night.